Two men who burgled the home of a woman they knew have been called “pathetic” by a judge who said they were not worthy to be called men.
One of the pair had been on a three-day drink and drugs binge prior to their crime at an address on London Road, Blackpool.
Judge Beverley Lunt, passing sentence on them at Preston Crown Court, told them: “Both of you are quite pathetic.
“You should be disgusted with yourselves.
“It’s bad enough to go into someone else’s home and steal property, but when it is somebody you know, that’s despicable.
“I’m not even going to call you men. You are not worthy of that title”.
Brett Singleton, 26, of Beechwood Grove, Bispham and Lee Grundy, 24, of Cocker Street, Blackpool had both pleaded guilty to carrying out the burglary which took place on September 5 last year.
Singleton also admitted a bail offence.
Kimberley Obrusik, prosecuting, said the woman living at that address had known them both for seven years.
At the time of the burglary, she was at home with her daughter and grandson.
She heard a knock at the door, spotted both defendants outside, but refused to let them in.
Several minutes later, the woman heard Singleton’s voice outside. On looking out she saw him stood at the end of a ginnel, down the side of her home.
Grundy was walking towards him, with a TV in his arms. She realised it was hers and shouted for them to return it. The woman discovered it had been taken from the downstairs of her home while she had been upstairs. Both men were arrested and interviewed.
The TV was never found.
Ciaran Rankin, defending Singleton, said he had no previous convictions for any type of burglary. His last previous offence had been in 2010.
He said: “He is a man who needs some clear direction and assistance. It may be a more productive way of dealing with him by leaving an existing probation order to run and make a new suspended sentence”.
Julie Taylor, for Grundy, said “He went on a three-day binge, a session, taking alcohol and drugs. He understood they went to the woman’s address to seek to borrow money. A decision was taken to steal the TV and sell it to get money for alcohol”.
Both men were given 11 months’ prison, suspended for a year and told to pay their victim £100 compensation each.